Opinion

LETTERS On taxpayers, Special Olympics, change, hope and life

On taxpayers Special Olympics Fed up and looking for change! Hope rising I need your help Good month for life

At issue: role of government

Today’s Republican right wants us to forget this concept. They persist in the discredited mantra, going back to Gingrich’s “Contract with America,” that what’s needed is to shrink government, deregulate Wall Street and corporate power, and have us all pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

Car talk: whats wrong, whos to blame?

President Obama’s auto task force is giving Chrysler 30 days to finalize a merger with Fiat, and General Motors 60 days to further consolidate brands, reduce debt and show additional plans to produce fuel efficient “green” cars. If they fail to comply, bankruptcy is left as the option.

At issue: the role of government

Government of the people, by the people, for the people. Abraham Lincoln, 1863. Today’s Republican right wants us to forget this concept.

It has to be built

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman recently opined in his New York Times column that the about-to-be-released Obama plan to resuscitate a financial system on life support “is more than disappointing. In fact, it fills me with a sense of despair.”

Call for humanitarian signal on Cuba

On April 10, family members of the Cuban Five will again apply for U.S. visas. For Adriana Perez, it will be the 10th time she tries to obtain a visa to see her husband, Gerardo Hernandez, who has been serving an unjust sentence in U.S. prisons for nearly 11 years. Over that time, our government has denied this husband and wife any possibility of seeing each other. It’s time for a change.

The populist upheaval where is it headed and who can lead?

The populist outrage over AIG bonuses, and bailouts that seem to pay off the perpetrators of the financial crisis — while millions are left out of work with no medical benefits, and unemployment benefits running out long before job growth returns — is heading towards a social and political, not just economic, tipping point.

Bleeding communities dry: How local government aid cuts are hurting rural Minnesota

No group of Minnesotans are more qualified to comment on the challenges of delivering public services during a period of diminishing resources than our state’s city mayors. Minnesota 2020, in partnership with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, and Macalester College, surveyed 43 greater Minnesota mayors about the critical issues facing Minnesota cities.

Geithner's latest bank rescue plan: When Wall Street cheers people should worry

Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner unveiled the latest and most expansive bank rescue plan to date since the global financial crisis began to deepen in August 2007.

A 12-point program to combat the economic crisis

Because of the election of Barack Obama, the American people in their great majority have a leg up, but there is still a long way to go. To his credit, the new president is off to a quick start. In less than three months in office he has:

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